If you're a fan of true crime or genealogy, this episode's book is for you. Entangled Roots, the Mystery of Peterborough’s Headless Corpse, was published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, Nov. 2014. It was reviewed in Canada’s History Magazine.
From the 49th Shelf: The 1894 death of David Scollie in Peterborough, Ontario, has haunted both the town and the family of Hessie Gray, the sharp-tongued Irish woman accused of his murder. Hessie's descendant, Bev Lundahl, has searched a century's worth of historical documents looking for the truth. If David Scollie died in a house fire, as it seemed, why had his head disappeared? How did he meet his grotesque death? And what did three men of the Hiawatha Reserve know about the charred remains? Like the primal blasts of the searing winter storm, the repercussions of this event--the collision of two cultures--has reverberated down the decades. This flashpoint in her family history created shockwaves that propelled the author into unfamiliar territory to begin a journey into the heart of First Nations country and follow an obscure trail that would expose the bones of Canadian history.
Bev has also had articles published in Transition magazine (CMHA), Canada’s History Magazine (formerly The Beaver), Folklore magazine, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, Lifestyles newspaper (Estevan SK.), and on www.travelthruhistory.com web-site.
Her book is presently on an optional review book list for an on-line Canadian history course taught at Trent University in Peterborough. ON. The book is available through Chapters, Amazon. SK Books in Regina, Henders Drugs in Estevan SK. and some other independent book stores.
This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. Reading West is open to featuring published authors from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. For the most part, the podcast focuses on literature, but writers working in other genres are welcome to inquire. For more information on submitting, visit lisaguenther.com/reading-west-podcast/ You can also check out the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/readingwest/
Theme music is Flax Flower Blue by Best Kept Secret Girlfriend.